Knots are survival tools. Here are three that can help you quickly set up a tarp shelter.
by Leon Pantenburg
When bad weather hits, you may only have a few minutes to make a shelter where you may end up hunkering down for several hours.
That happened to me on an Idaho elk hunt several years ago. The day started out raining and the weather just got worse. I hunted all morning and got wet in the waist-high brush. Then the bank of fog that had hung over Dworshak Reservoir all night moved uphill.
In a few minutes, visibility went to almost zero. Hunting was a waste a time until I could see, so I stretched my small tarp between two trees, built a small cooking fire, and brewed some instant coffee.
It was actually pleasant under the tarp. About half an hour later Phil Walker, my hunting partner and another friend found me. They were happy to join me under the tarp while we discussed our next move. They were really happy I had extra coffee packets.
Three survival knots: the timber hitch, trucker’s hitch and bowline, are generally all you need to quickly set up a tarp shelter. The video shows how to tie them.
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